Tropical North Coast New South Wales
The Tropical North coast takes in the area from Tweed Heads at the Queensland border in the north to Wooli and Grafton in the south and west through the hinterland to the Great Dividing Range.
The Tweed coastline features a 35 km-long chain of pristine beaches with grassy headlands and quiet villages stretching from the mouth of the Tweed River at Fingal, to Wooyung in the south. Some of Australia's premier beach resorts are to be found in the Kingscliff area which is a popular holiday spot for beach lovers.
This region is the home of Mount Warning, the first place in Australia to be touched by the morning sun, the lush river flatlands and sugar cane farms of the Tweed Valley, rainforests and lookouts in the World Heritage listed National Parks of the hinterland, jacarandas and Victorian homes in Grafton, market stalls at Nimbin and a cleansing ale at the classic Billinudgel pub.
Some of the best beaches and resorts in the world offer both excellent surf and quiet coves and estuary waters for the little people. View whale migrations as they pass up the New South Wales coast. There are water sports for every taste, fresh water, estuary and sports fishing, boating, cruising and sailing.
Places of Interest - Tropical North Coast
Tweed Heads - the southern end of the famous Gold Coast. The Queensland town of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, on the New South Wales side of the border, are one and the same location but are divided by the state border, hence they retain individual names.
The town is the home of Twin Towns Services Club entertainment centre and casino. It's a popular spot for fishing in the Tweed estuary and Cobaki Lakes, as well as offshore deep sea fishing, scuba diving and river cruises. Visit Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melaleuca Station and tea-tree plantation for an historic train ride, Tropical Fruitworld is the place to sample exotic fruits and Pioneer Plantation offers a ride to the top of Banana Mountain.
Kingscliff - now a popular holiday destination well known for the numerous beachfront cafés, restaurants and premier resorts. South Kingscliff boasts a patrolled beach in summer, good boat ramps, offshore reefs, and an estuary providing sheltered swimming and fishing. Cabarita Beach has one of the best surf beaches in the area.
Cudgen has it's lake, a sanctuary for flora and fauna as well as all forms of aquatic sports. Pottsville is a long established holiday spot boasting the Bicentennial Leisure Gardens.
Murwillumbah - a picturesque town that spreads along the western bank of the Tweed River and up into the hills of the McPherson Ranges. The town services the many banana and sugar farms of the Tweed Valley. This is the jumping off point for the Mt Warning and Border Ranges National Parks. Visit the Murwillumbah Rainforest and Information Centre for all the information on Mt Warning, the last remnant of the second biggest extinct volcano in the world.
Byron Bay - long known to the surfing fraternity for Wategos Beach on Cape Byron. "Byron" is a premier resort town with excellent surf beaches and sheltered coves, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and a growing alternative lifestyle culture. You can enjoy numerous holiday activities throughout the year. There is whale spotting from the Cape Byron Lighthouse during the annual migrations in June-July and Sept-Nov. Dolphins frequent the area all year round. Ocean Shores Golf Course enjoys a reputation as one of the state's best.
Ballina - this popular New South Wales vacation destination is known for sailing, fishing and excellent beaches. There are good surf beaches north of town as well as sheltered beaches. Lennox Heads is just north of Ballina and is considered to have some of the best surf on the coast and is home to Lake Ainsworth which is popular with sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts.
The Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the Las Balsas Expedition raft that sailed from South America in 1973. Cruise on the Richmond River to see the surrounding rural countryside.
Lismore - a regional centre of the Northern Rivers District that services the surrounding farming communities. MV Bennelong cruises the Richmond and Wilson Rivers to Ballina. Rotary Rainforest Reserve offers 6 hectares of rainforest and boardwalk in the urban area. Visit Macadamia Magic for an introduction to Australia's favourite nut, view platypus at Rocky Creek Dam or view the lovely Protestor Falls in the Nightcap National Park.
Grafton - a graceful town on the Clarence River, well known for its riverbank parks and elegant boulevards of grand Victorian homes, many listed by the National Trust. The town lies at the centre of a rich sugar cane farming area and is the intersection point of the coastal Pacific Highway and the Gwydir Highway which runs west into the New England region.
The town is known for its jacaranda tree lined streets and the Jacaranda Festival in late October. Ulmarra Village is the site of a turn-of-the-century river port. There is canoeing and rafting on numerous white-water rivers in the area.